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I was looking for some fun way help my 3 years old with her fine motor skills and kept seeing recommendations for Play-Doh reading it also helps with sensory skills I was hooked. I knew I wanted to make my own and saw a bunch of different ‘recipes online' that called for Cream of tartar (which I didn't have) and the ones that didn't call for it had no recipes for adding color. So I decided to mix a little of both and praying it came out as my kids where getting excited. It came out better than I could have hoped!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 cup water
1 Pack Kool Aid of choice color (we used Strawberry for red)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water.
The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. Once the mixture is hot pull off heat and add Kool Aid and Salt. Place back over heat and continue stirring. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth dough. Don't over cook this dough or it will crumble.
My kids had a blast with this! Be warned no two batches come out quite the same consistency it all depends on when you take them off the burner, a few seconds will make a difference!!
Make sure to use newspaper as this can stain, and your hands will turn colors (but will wash right off with water!)
My kids had a blast! We are currently doing our dinosaur unit study so we encouraged them to build dinosaurs, my son build a brontosaurus with the LONG neck!